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China's Interests and Goals in the Arctic: Implications for the United States

Elizabeth Wishnick

China has been elaborating its position on the Arctic at the same time as the United States has been refining its own Arctic strategy as Chairman of the Arctic Council through April 2017. This study published by the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute examines the geopolitical implications of China’s growing involvement in the Arctic for U.S. interests. First, the evolution of U.S. Arctic strategy is discussed, including its political and military components. Next, China’s interests and goals in the Arctic are addressed. A third section examines the Arctic in China’s relations with Canada, Russia, and the Nordic states. This book then evaluates the consequences of China’s expanding Arctic presence for U.S. security interests and concludes with policy recommendations.